I am not in the least surprised that most of you wish to hear about my thrifting (and general shopping) adventures first!
Being the shallow clothes whore that I am, I secretly hoped this would be the case!
But first, I wish you to behold the fabulous 60's frock the gorgeous Bella gave to me when we met in Portland!
Dream 60's handbag-The Funky Monkey Exchange, New Orleans
The brooch on the right was from a thrift store in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico!
The top brooch was from the petticoat prancing Sarah, and the koalas on a bicycle brooch was my prize from a giveaway the darling Arianne !
It's bloody hilarious!
As this is a momentous "tah dah!" kinda post, and I have finally remembered, I am linking this to Lakota's Ta Dah Tuesday's !
Of course, my Tuesday starts before anybody elses!
I started off fairly tamely at an odd little vintage shop near our hotel in San Francisco.
There I scored this sweet little 60's hat and sunglasses, (G proved to have a good eye for sunglasses this trip!) and a military styley hat.
This bronzey sequin bolero (it seems quite old, but I can't date it), hammered silver necklace and the black cats eye sunnies (well spotted again, G!) were from Haight St, I can't remember the name of the shop, dammit!
The tights (spots!!!) were from The Sock Shop further along the road!
We headed over to The Mission district and despite inspecting 5 thrift stores, I found goodies in only one!
G is very good about being my mule....
G found this loony midget stripper T shirt in a perfect shade of green.
He was rather pleased with himself.
Then we flew to New Orleans!
On Magazine St I found my dream handbag, as seen above....I was so happy I kept patting it....
At the Buffalo Exchange I picked up the 60's headpiece top right, the only piece of vintage in the shop!
And the gaudy gold Mary pendant in the middle.
I think the tights were from the same place as the handbag.
These insane thigh high vinyl leopard joy boots were from the Goodwill in Galveston, Texas!
Things went downhill on the thrift front as we crossed Lousiana and Texas.
Despite our wonderfully indulgent friend Mark stopping at every thrift store we saw, there were no treats for Helga.......:(
Some of the thrift stores were as big as supermarkets!
Like Savers, Deseret Industries...Texas Thrift in San Antonio was the biggest!
(G spotted me a fab 70's brooch at that one!)
I was getting stressed about it....
Then in Alamagordo, New Mexico, my luck changed for the better!
I went into an Antique/Consignment shop and found an amusing modern homemade rocking horse print square dance frock, 2 square dancing petticoats and a modern 50's style frock! Plus a silver clutch (80's, I think) and some flowers for my hair.
I was tempted by some glorious 60's hats, but they were a little too pricey.
Two thrift stores in the same town yielded only a vinyl leopard joy belt and a small purse.
This thrift store in Truth or Consequences was the scene of my best haul.
I came out with an early 70's pale blue cocktail frock, an early 60's navy frock that needs the zip replaced, a 60's wicker handbag, a brooch and a pair of hoop earrings!
( the frock I am wearing was from a thrift store in Las Cruces)
In Santa Fe G struck it lucky with this deadstock Lee pantsuit!!!
Very Six Million Dollar Man!
I think it set him back $12 or something like that.
His arse looks hot in it!
And I got these 2 pairs of shoes for $6 each.
In Portland I found this fabulous red, white and blue 80's does 50's frock, an amazing technicolour 60's frock and top left is a splendid late 60's sutcase, small enough to be a carry on bag!
G and I reckon that if aliens were to judge America by what is in the thrift stores (just going by the ones we were in), they would think the country was stuck in the 80's!
And only wore skirts and tops!
It was odd; I had thought that the small towns would be little gold mines of vintage delight, but my timing must have been off!
C'est la vie, as they say!
There are a few other bits and pieces that I picked up but wasn't diligent enough to photograph, so you'll see them over time!
Now, Portland had some of the best vintage I saw over the entire trip!
My favourite was this store, Smut.
(Just the most awesome name for a shop!!)
In here I found not 1, not 2, but 4 dream purchases that I simply couldn't carry by this point, nor post!
This blue sparkley hat case!
These heavenly Samsonite vanity cases!
And the cases underneath!
This so divine it made me squeal round not-quite-sure-what-kind-of case it was!
And I really loved this tartan/plaid bag.
The best was saved for last!
G in a sandwich of the FABULARSEHOLE Krista and Bella, who are every bit as delicious in person as you might think!
I dry humped both of them, and especially Mazzy, with great enthusiasm!